Vágner Silva de Souza (born 11 June 1984), known as Vágner Love, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Kazakhstan Premier League team Kairat. He is a forward who has been described by World Soccer Magazine as possessing "mobility, flair, awareness and powerful shooting".
Vágner Love with CSKA Moscow, 2009
|Full name||Vágner Silva de Souza|
|Date of birth||11 June 1984|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|2009||→ Palmeiras (loan)||12||(5)|
|2010||→ Flamengo (loan)||5||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:47, 3 November 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:44, 20 September 2015 (UTC)
The second name Love was given to Vágner while playing for CSKA Moscow as he was known for his playboy lifestyle.
In the summer of 2004, Vágner Love was bought by Russian Premier League club CSKA Moscow. For over a year after his arrival, rumours kept appearing that he did not want to stay in Moscow, and a transfer to Corinthians in particular was hinted at numerous times. These rumours, however, eventually subsided, and he mentioned a number of times that he was fully committed to his contract and is looking forward to completing its full tenure.
Vágner Love scored the final goal that sealed CSKA's 3–1 victory in the 2005 UEFA Cup Final over Sporting CP at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon. In addition to winning the UEFA Cup, he has gone on to win the Russian Premier League title and Russian Cup in both 2005 and 2008, as well as the Russian Super Cup in 2006.
Return to Palmeiras on loanEdit
On 28 August 2009, following a run of poor form for CSKA, Vágner Love was signed by his former club Palmeiras on a one-year loan deal until 31 July 2010. CSKA press spokesman Sergei Aksenov claimed that Vágner Love left Russia due to "urgent family problems demand(ing) his presence at home in Brazil".
Vágner Love had a respectable return of 5 goals in 12 games for Palmeiras, but his loan spell was ended prematurely: After publicly stating his concern over his safety at Palmeiras due to off-field altercations with fans, as well as his desire to play for his childhood team Flamengo, the deal was ended early on 14 January 2010.
On 15 January 2010, the day after his loan was terminated with Palmeiras, Vágner Love officially signed a loan deal with reigning Brazilian champions Flamengo, through till July 2010. He made his Flamengo debut against Bangu in the Campeonato Carioca on 23 January 2010, scoring two goals.
Vágner Love performed very well playing for Flamengo, scoring 23 goals in 26 matches. His successful strike partnership with Adriano was dubbed by fans as "Império do Amor", or "The Love Empire", in reference to Adriano's nickname "The Emperor" and Vágner Love's artistic surname. The presence of midfielder Dejan Petković in Flamengo's squad made supporters start the year with high expectations—it was widely believed that the Serbian's passing and free-kick abilities, coupled with Adriano's and Vagner's prolific scoring, would produce a top team.
However, with Adriano struggling to keep an athlete's body mass index, and Petković's legs growing old (he was already 37 then), the team failed to advance past the quarter-finals in the 2010 Copa Libertadores. Shortly after, Adriano revealed he wanted to try playing in Italy again, and Flamengo could not convince CSKA to extend Vágner Love's loan, thus dismantling the once-promising "Love Empire".
Return to CSKAEdit
After a change of presidency, on 12 January 2013, Flamengo did not pay his pendencies of rights with CSKA, and Vágner Love had to leave the club, returning to Russia after a one-year absence. On 16 January, he was "re-presented" in Moscow and signed a three-year contract extension. He continued his goal scoring record with CSKA on his return to the club, and propelled the club to the Premier League title in 2013 after a goalless draw with Kuban Krasnodar on 18 May, the club's first league title since 2006.
On 8 February 2015, Vágner Love rescinded his contract with Shandong Luneng and signed with Corinthians in Brazil. He went on to become the top scorer of the club during the national championship as Corinthians went on to win the Série A that year.
On 13 January 2016, Ligue 1 club Monaco announced the signing of Vágner Love on an 18-month deal for a €1 million transfer fee. On 20 March, he opened the scoring in an eventual 2–0 win against Paris Saint-Germain, the Parisian club's first home defeat since May 2014.
On 30 August 2016, Turkish Süper Lig club Alanyaspor reached an agreement with Monaco for the transfer of Love. On 31 August 2016, he was officially presented after passed the medical. Having failed to score in his first seven appearances for the club, Love scored 23 goals in 20 matches that followed to earn the Golden Boot award.
Return to CorinthiansEdit
On 8 July 2020, Kazakhstan Premier League club FC Kairat announced the signing of Vágner Love on a six-month contract, with the option to extend it. On 3 November 2020, Love scored Kairat's first goal, in a 3-1 win over Ordabasy, to clinch their first Kazakhstan Premier League title since 2004. On 5 November 2020, Kairat extended their contract with Vágner Love until the end of the 2021 season.
- As of match played 3 November 2020.
|Club||Season||League||State League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Palmeiras (loan)||2009||Série A||12||5||0||0||—||—||0[i]||0||—||12||5|
|Flamengo (loan)||2010||Série A||5||4||14||15||—||—||10[i]||4||—||29||23|
|Shandong Luneng Taishan||2013||CSL||10||6||-||0||0||-||-||-||10||6|
|AS Monaco||2015–16||Ligue 1||12||4||—||1||0||0||0||0||0||—||13||4|
- Appearances and goals in the UEFA Champions League
- Appearances and goals in the Russian Super Cup
- Appearances and goals in the UEFA Europa League
- Appearances and goals in the UEFA Super Cup
- 3 Appearances and 3 goals in the UEFA Champions League and 0 Appearances and 0 goals in the UEFA Europa League
- 0 Appearances and 0 goals in the UEFA Champions League and 4 Appearances and 3 goals in the UEFA Europa League
- 0 Appearances and 0 goals in the UEFA Champions League and 5 Appearances and 2 goals in the UEFA Europa League
- 3 Appearances in the UEFA Europa League and six Appearances and one goal in the UEFA Champions League
- Appearance in the Copa Libertadores
- Appearances and goals in the AFC Champions League
- Appearance in the Copa Sudamericana
Vágner Love earned his first call up for the Brazil national football team for the 2004 Copa América, in a squad without the main stars to give them rest after the end of the 2003–04 season. He made his debut as a substitute in the 4–1 win against Costa Rica, which was his single appearance as Brazil went on to win the competition.
In 2007, he was called up for the 2007 Copa América, in which he scored in a 6–1 win against Chile. He played his last match for the national team in that year, against Uruguay, totalling 20 matches and 4 goals for Brazil.
- CSKA Moscow
- Russian Premier League: 2005, 2006, 2012–13
- Russian Cup: 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
- Russian Super Cup: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013
- UEFA Cup: 2004–05
- Shandong Luneng
- Brazilian 2nd Division Top Scorer: 2003
- Pan American Games Top Scorer: 2003
- Campeonato Paulista Top Scorer: 2004
- Russian Premier League Top Scorer: 2008
- Sport-Express's Russian Footballer of the Year: 2008
- UEFA Cup Top Scorer: 2008–09
- Campeonato Carioca Top Scorer: 2010
- Russian Premier League Monthly Most Valuable Player: March 2013, May 2013
- Süper Lig Top Scorer: 2016–17
- "ОФИЦИАЛЬНО: ВАГНЕР ЛАВ ИГРОК КАЙРАТА". fckairat.com/ (in Russian). FC Kairat. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
- "Talent Scout – Vagner Love". World Soccer. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
- "2008/09 UEFA Cup scorers table". ESPN. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2009.
- "CSKA loan Vagner to Palmeiras". Soccerway. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
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- "Nota Oficial: Palmeiras faz acordo com Vagner Love e atleta é liberado" [Vagner Love is released] (in Portuguese). palmeiras.com.br. 14 January 2010.
- ТРАНСФЕРНЫЕ НОВОСТИ [Transfer News: Vagner Love loan to Flamengo] (in Russian). pfc-cska.com. 15 January 2010. Archived from the original on 22 January 2010.
- "chegada de Vagner Love" [Arrival of Vagner Love] (in Portuguese). flamengo.com.br. 15 January 2010. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010.
- "Flamengo perde para o Universidad Católica e se complica na Libertadores" [Flamengo lost to Catholic University and is complicated in Libertadores] (in Portuguese).
- "Adriano vai para o Roma" [Adriano goes to Rome] (in Portuguese).
- "Vágner Love deixa o CSKA e volta para o Flamengo" [Vagner Love leaves CSKA for Flamengo and back] (in Portuguese).
- Vágner Love surpreende torcida e deixa o Fla para voltar ao CSKA Vágner Love surrenders fans and lets Fla come back to CSKA
- "Vagner Love se apresenta oficialmente ao CSKA e assina por três anos Love presents officially at CSKA and signs for three years". Archived from the original on 21 February 2013.
- "The Moscow outfit lift their first domestic championship since 2006 as a goalless draw with Kuban Krasnodar put Zenit out of sight in the title race". GOAL. 18 May 2013.
- 鲁能官方宣布签下前巴西国脚 正式与尼库莱解约 [Luneng officially announced the signing of former Brazil striker formal surrender with Ni Kulai] (in Chinese). sina.com. 24 July 2013.
- "CSKA bid farewell to Vágner Love". UEFA. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- "Corinthians fecha com Vagner Love, que assina até julho de 2016". Globo Esporte. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- "Vagner Love vuelve a Europa". Marca.com. 10 January 2016.
- "Paris Saint Germain 0-2 Monaco". BBC Sport. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- "Vágner Love Alanya'ya geliyor" [Vágner Love comes to Alanya] (in Turkish). Alanyaspor. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
- "Vágner Love Alanya" (in Turkish). Alanyaspor. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
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- "son-dakika-besiktas-vagner-love-transferi-icin-aytemiz-alanyasporla-anlasti" [Vágner Love comes to Besiktas]. Hurriyet (in Turkish). 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
- "Vagner Love rescinde com o Besiktas e fica perto de voltar ao Corinthians | Goal.com". www.goal.com (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 January 2019.
- "Perto de volta ao CSKA, Vagner Love rescinde contrato e não é mais jogador do Corinthians". globoesporte.globo.com (in Portuguese). Retrieved 6 June 2020.
- "КАЙРАТ — ТРЕХКРАТНЫЕ ЧЕМПИОНЫ КАЗАХСТАНА!". fckairat.com/ (in Russian). FC Kairat. 3 November 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
- "ВАГНЕР ЛАВ ПРОДЛИЛ КОНТРАКТ С КАЙРАТОМ". fckairat.com/ (in Russian). FC Kairat. 5 November 2020. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
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